Everyone who's done a bit of Googling on healthy, high-protein snacks would've come across Quest Bars. Made by Quest Nutrition, these bars are a level-up from your "healthy" muesli or oatmeal bars that come with a ton of added sugar. Instead, these are low-fat, high-protein, fibre-rich and low-carb nutrition bars with no junk ingredients. They are soy-free, gluten-free and have no added sugar, making them pretty much any clean eater's dream snack. The best part: they're made in a myriad of dessert flavours to satisfy any sweet craving, without the guilt.
Recently, Quest announced two new flavours of the popular bars: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Blueberry Muffin. We break down these breakfast-inspired bars to see whether they're worth your time.
WHAT'S IN IT
Each Quest Bar contains 190 calories. The Oatmeal flavour has 20g of protein, while the Blueberry Muffin version has 21g. While the flavours differ, the main components of a Quest Bar remain similar. These are a protein blend comprising milk protein isolate and whey protein isolate, soluble corn fibre, almonds, erythritol, and stevia.
Milk protein isolate is what is made after the process of skimming milk. It has less lactose, and about 90% protein. It is a product very often found in foods containing milk flavours, such as yogurt. Using milk protein isolate as a base for Quest Bars definitely provides a richness of flavour, sans calories.
Whey protein isolate is a higher grade of whey protein, whereby the whey has been filtered down even more to provide about 90% protein purity. It's low in fat, lactose and carbohydrates, and is absorbed faster into the bloodstream than whey protein concentrate.
Soluble corn fibre is a non-digestive carbohydrate used in foods with low-sugar contents. It keeps you full, but it doesn't blow up the calorie count of the Quest Bar. It's also a great source for dietary fibre.
Almonds are a super-food well loved by fitness junkies. They're highly nutritious, being an rich in antioxidants and high in Vitamin Es, which reduce heart disease. They're also packed with magnesium, which helps to regulate your blood sugar levels.
Erythritol is a sweetener that's low in calories, due to the fact that it is not able to be metabolised by the body. It is low on the ingredient list, alongside the plant-based sweetener stevia, proving that the Quest Bar doesn't go heavy-handed with the artificial sugars just to amp up the sweetness. Instead, the bar relies on natural flavours. For the Blueberry Muffin bar, Quest includes real dried blueberries and cinnamon, while the Oatmeal Chocolate Chip bar contains pecans, as well as real unsweetened chocolate.
FLAVOURS AND TASTE
The most important consideration when getting a Quest Bar is the taste, and these two don't disappoint. The Blueberry Muffin bar is generous with the blueberry chunks, and some hunks of what tastes like graham crackers. It isn't overtly sweet, but a nice mixture of tart and an authentic blueberry flavour that makes this a pretty close match for a real blueberry muffin.
The Oatmeal Chocolate Chip has got massive chocolate bits, and is generous with the cinnamon. If you dig your sweet treats with some spice, then this is the bar for you. They use gluten-free oatmeal as its base, so those with gluten sensitivities need not worry.
HOW YOU SHOULD TAKE IT
It's stating the obvious, but Quest Bars can be eaten straight from the wrapper, on the go. Try popping them into a microwave for 15 seconds, if you prefer it to be gooey, and enjoy a warm snack, which is especially fitting since these are breakfast-inspired bars. Take them any time of the day, whether as a snack, a post-workout, or a meal replacement.
You get 12 bars per box, with each bar weighing 60g. A box costs you $38, making the cost per bar around $3. It's a great price for a nutrition bar with such a high protein count, and it's certainly cheaper (also healthier!) than succumbing to dessert.
WHO SHOULD TAKE IT
The great thing about Quest Bars is their mass appeal. From hardcore bodybuilders to the health conscious everyday man, Quest Bars are just a straight-up great snack to enjoy. If you're leading a busy lifestyle that presents some difficulty when it comes to getting healthy snacks, or you're just too lazy to whip up a nutritional breakfast, then these bars are particularly useful.
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